Together we will walk along the thin line of poverty and wellfare. We will discuss the topic of homelessness in the most liveable city in the world - while walking through the center of Vienna. This is not a sightseeing tour - this is a tour about life. The content of the tour is homelessness, its challenges and the solutions that the city provides - and I'll share with you my personal insights and experiences of being homeless. You can ask me any question about homelessness that you might have. We will pass places that are related to homelessness and will make you realize the contrasts of the city. We love to educate you! If you are interested in alternative tours and in socio-politics, then you will definitely enjoy this experience. **Please note that the tour is NOT a sight seeing tour and NEITHER visits shelters or expose homeless people. We are affected by homelessness ourselves and we reject social voyeurism, thus neither other homeless people are on display, nor former beds of guides or other homeless people are shown.** The experience will be guided in english.
Nina & Barbara
We are Nina and Barbara from Shades Tours. Shades Tours is a social business that employs homeless people who are trained to become alternative tour guides. We started working for Shades Tours while we were homeless, some of us still are. We are working for Shades Tours to explain you what homelessness is like, what challenges there are and what solutions the social system offers - but also in order to improve and stabilize our living situation. Our goal is to reduce prejudices and to open up a new perspective on the city!
We will meet at Heldenplatz. From there we walk to various points in the city center that are connected to homelessness, the challenges and the social system in Vienna. The tour ends at Franziskaner Platz.